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'Decade of vaccines' has potential to save lives, but challenges ahead
Date:6/8/2011

Bethesda, MD Vaccinating children around the world against infectious diseases has saved the lives of millions over the past several decades. Now new opportunities exist to overcome remaining challengesand save another 6.4 million lives over the current decade, according articles in the June 2011 edition of Health Affairs. The issue was produced under the journal's grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Last year, the Gates Foundation committed an additional $10 billion over the current decade to make life-saving vaccines available to millions of children. Health Affairs' June issue explores the strategies that will be necessary to achieve that goalfrom investing in new science and building creative models of vaccine development and financing to improving the "supply chains" that distribute vaccines from manufacturers to the most remote clinics.

The articles include:

Successful Approaches to Vaccine Development and Delivery

Creative product development and financing models have been critical in boosting vaccine development and bringing vaccines to developing countries.

  • One of the biggest recent gains came last year with the distribution of a new meningitis A vaccine to more than nineteen million people in three countries in West Africa. The vaccine costs less than fifty cents a dose. F. Marc LaForce at the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health and Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele at the World Health Organization describe the promise of this new vaccine.

  • David Bishai of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and colleagues examine the public-private partnership behind the new meningitis A vaccine. Product development partnerships like this one have reinvigorated research on vaccines for neglected diseases, say the authors.

  • Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly seeing the value of vaccines and investing in the industry, says Jean Stphenne of GlaxoSmithKline B
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Contact: Kay Campbell
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